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UH Hilo Participating in Million Student March #MillionStudentMarch

The United Hawaii Student Union (UHSU), a registered independent student organization (RISO) at UH Hilo is happy to be an organizer of the national movement #MillionStudentMarch this Thursday at UH Hilo.
Student March
The event will start at 10am at the Mookini Library and will go on until 4pm. Anybody in support of student rights is invited.
Hawai’i Senator Russell Rudderman will be speaking at 12pm along with Hawai’i County Corporation Council Attorney Steven Strauss along with other speakers. A UH Hilo campus march will begin at 12:30pm. Please wear red.
The national demands consist of 3 items:
  1. Tuition-free public colleges and universities
  2. Cancellation of all student debt
  3.  $15/hr campus-wide minimum wage for college workers

Please bring local food for the all day potluck.  Facebook event here Official website www.studentmarch.org

For more information contact UHSU at Uhstudentunion@gmail.com

New Tool – Vog Measurement and Prediction Project

A paper published this month by University of Hawaiʻi and Hawaiian Volcano Observatory researchers in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society details the development and utility of a computer model for the dispersion of volcanic smog or “vog,” which forms when volcanic sulfur dioxide gas interacts with water and coverts it to acid sulfate aerosol particles in the atmosphere.

Vog poses a serious threat to the health of Hawaiʻi’s people as well as being harmful to the state’s ecosystems and agriculture. Even at the low concentrations, which can be found far from the volcano, vog can provoke asthma attacks in those with prior respiratory conditions. It also damages vegetation and crops downwind from the volcano.


Click to check out the project

News tools for predicting vog

Scientists from the UH Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), under the leadership of Professor of Meteorology Steve Businger, and in collaboration with researchers at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, developed a computer model for predicting the dispersion of vog. The vog model uses measurements of the amount of sulfur dioxide (SO2) emitted by Kīlauea, along with predictions of the prevailing winds, to forecast the movement of vog around the state.

The team of scientists developed an ultraviolet spectrometer array to provide near-real-time volcanic gas emission rate measurements; developed and deployed SO2 and meteorological sensors to record the extent of Kīlauea’s gas plume (for model verification); and developed web-based tools to share observations and model forecasts, providing useful information for safety officials and the public and raising awareness of the potential hazards of volcanic emissions to respiratory health, agriculture and general aviation.

“Comparisons between the model output and vog observations show what users of the vog model forecasts have already guessed—that online model data and maps depicting the future location and dispersion of the vog plume over time are sufficiently accurate to provide very useful guidance, especially to those who suffer allergies or respiratory conditions that make them sensitive to vog,” said Businger.

A statewide concern

Kīlauea volcano, the most active volcano on earth, is situated in the populous State of Hawaiʻi. The current eruption has been ongoing since 1983, while a new summit eruption began in 2008.

The most significant effect of this new eruption has been a dramatic increase in the amount of volcanic gas that is emitted into Hawaiʻi’s atmosphere. While the effects of lava eruption are limited to the southeastern sector of the Big Island, the volcanic gas emitted by Kīlauea is in no way constrained; it is free to spread across the entire state.

“Higher gas fluxes from Kīlauea appear to be the new norm. For the State of Hawaiʻi to understand the effects of vog and then come up with strategies to efficiently mitigate its effects, accurate forecasts of how vog moves around the state are vital,” said Businger.

The American Recovery Act award that originally funded the development of the vog model program has long since expired. Funding for a PhD candidate, Andre Pattantyus, to help keep the online vog products available has been provided by SOEST and the Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research.

Because Pattantyus, the lead vog modeler, is set to graduate this winter, the vog program is at a crossroads. Businger is working with stakeholders that include federal, state, commercial and private interests to jointly fund an ongoing vog and dispersion modeling capability for the residents of Hawaiʻi.

Public support of the vog modeling program is critical for the program to continue providing vog plume predictions in future.

UHSU Commentary – Hawaii Community College Student Wants Answers on Student Funding

United Hawai’i Student Union (UHSU) member Asia Olsen sent the following email to Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at Hawaii Community College Jason Cifra.

Asia Olsen

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He is required by state law to respond within 10 business days. UHSU will keep you posted on his response.

See you at the #MillionStudentMarch this Thursday 10-4pm Library Lanai.
Facebook event here

Aloha Jason Cifra,

Per the Freedom of Information Act and the Sunshine Law I would like to request answers and / or corresponding documentation to the following:

Currently what are the names all of the individual Chartered Student Organizations (CSOs) of HawCC?

Please provide me with all of the individual CSOs of HawCC’s constitutions, charters and/ or bylaws.

Please provide me with all of the budgets for the past five years of all of HawCC’s CSOs.

How much money was collected in student fees this fiscal year?

Please provide the amount of student fees collected over the individual past 5 fiscal years.

What paid positions are paid for out of HawCC’s CSOs budgets?

Please provide the names of the individuals whose positions are funded by HawCC student fees.

Please provide the job descriptions of all positions paid for by HawCC student fees.

Please provide the names of the individuals and their job descriptions of all positions paid for by HawCC student fees over the past 5 fiscal years.

Please provide the names and job descriptions of all employees in the student affairs department at HawCC.

Please provide me with any and all documentation, guidelines, rules, policies and/or regulations of pertaining to the allocation of student fees.

Does the Student Life Center receive funding from student fees?

Please provide the current fiscal year budget for the Student Life Center.

Please provide the budgets and receipts of the Student Life Center over the past 5 fiscal years.

Who is currently in charge of the Student Life Center?

Who is the designated representative by the board of regents at HawCC who may withdraw funds on behalf of Chartered Student Organizations in reference to: §304A-2257 University of Hawaii student activities revolving fund?

Mahalo for your cooperation,

Asia Olsen
Hawaii Community College student
United Hawaii Student Union member

Lily Kahumoku Speaks Out About Coach June Jones Allegations

In 2008 there was a rumor floating around that Coach June Jones had impregnated UH Volleyball player Lily Kahumoku.

Lily and her family

Lily and her family

The rumor floated around long enough that I finally asked readers on my website on whether they believed it was true or not and amazingly 75.1% of the folks that replied… believed the rumor to be true.

Lily Poll

A few years after Lily graduated from the University of Hawaii, I received the following email from her:


Hello Damon,

My name is Lily, it used to be Kahumoku, but now it’s Olteanu. I’ve seen your site. I commend you for your passion and the work that you’re doing. I also have blog and I know how much work it is to maintain.

The reason I’m writing to you is, I would like you to remove your survey about regarding June Jones impregnating me. I shouldn’t have to say this, but I will, the rumors and lies spread about this affair are ridiculous. It never happened, but  do to the timing of my sabbatical, June Jones accident and Dr Joel Fischer, I understand how the creation of this false narrative came to life. And it’s tragic, that people truly believe it happened.

I never let these rumors get to me, because I knew it was bullshit. Unfortunately, due to rather recent events in my life, I’ve become a bit more fragile and sensitive to this topic, specifically because I am reproductively challenged and am still mourning the loss of my children, my suns, Keali’ikauila Cristian and Kahekili Alexandru Olteanu. They passed away on December 9, 2010, in Tours, France. The law France prohibited their incubation and neonatal assistance and they both died shortly after the birth. 

Well, I didn’t about this survey until recently when my husband googled my name and saw it. He was very disturbed. It simply isn’t fair that my family has suffers over something like this. I know life’s not fair, and that you’re work is to provide news and information to the people of Hawaii. However, I think you’re a reasonable person and I would like to ask you, as a courtesy, to please remove the article/survey regarding this nonsense.

I made a tribute site for my children at: www.lilyolteanu.com, there is a section called Mommy’s journal, you can go to the archives to see all of my entries. It’s not perfect, it’s full of errors and it’s sloppy places. But it’s real, it’s from my heart and has been my savior.

Anyway, I hope this message finds you well.

Mahalo for your cooperation and time.

Lily Olteanu

Now with June Jones applying for his former position with the University of Hawaii after Norm Chow has been released… I felt it was time to clear the air with this alleged rumor and Lily does too as she sent this to me yesterday after I asked her if I could post her side of the story:


Hello Damon,

I really appreciate your message and for that I have no problem with you sharing my email. For years, these rumors have hurt my family and loved ones. On countless occasions I thought about “clearing the air” on my own forum in one of my blogs. But I never did, it’s a Catch 22. If I say it never happened, which it didn’t (I don’t even know Coach Jones personally), there will be crazies out there who will still think whatever they want.

When I sent you the email I was a emotional wreck. In the last four years, I lost two more little boys, twins again, Kainoa and Kekoa, they lived for 6 and 10 days before passing away due to complications with their prematurity. I also had a life-threatening ectopic scar pregnancy in which I did two rounds of chemotherapy in Romania and England, because it was too dangerous to remove the fetus.

However, after this hellacious journey to and through motherhood I am proud to say my son Lucian is almost one year-old. The journey to get him almost got the most of me, but he was/is definitely worth it. HAPPY ENDINGS DO EXIST. Mahalo again for the notice. Here are a few pictures.

Lily and babyAloha,


Commentary – UH Hilo Student Reporters Threatened by UH Hilo Security

On Friday, October 30, 2015 at 5:10pm UH Hilo Campus Security told student reporters that they had to leave a public University of Hawaii at Hilo Student Association (UHHSA) meeting or the security guard would have to, “call HPD (Hawaii Police Department).” Campus Security said that because UHHSA requested the reporters to stop recording, and then deemed the recording a ‘disruption’ there were grounds to call the police. See video here

Click to view recording

Click to view recording

UHHSA President Lazareth Sye told the reporters, “if you wish to record that you do so not here.” He then stated, “I’m going to identify it as a disruption since the people who are involved at the meeting are not able to focus on what they are trying to do which is represent the student body.”

The reporters work for UHSUnews, the news outlet of the Registered Independent Student Organization (RISO) The Student Union, at UH Hilo.

UHHSA members maintained the student association has a right to limit access to public meetings and prevent recordings from occurring. UHHSA displayed signs at the meeting informing attendees that student IDs were required to enter the meeting and recording devices were forbidden.

UHSUnews reporters provided documentation to UHHSA and UH Hilo Security informing them of the university policies and laws protecting free press, and allowing recording public meetings.  See pictures here

At the 10/5/15 UHHSA meeting UH Hilo Dean of Students Dr. Kelly Oaks advised UHHSA that nothing could be done to prevent recording public meetings. Oaks told UHHSA, “Hawai’i is a one party consent state as it relates to recordings and that one party and the one party can be the party who is recording if this is an open and public meeting I would say its not something that we can prevent.” To which President Sye said, “ok, so  members, seeing that we are being recorded and to act as such, with that being said,:

In the following 10/23/15 and 10/30/15 meetings President Lazareth Sye claimed the recording was a disruption and closed the public meeting.

Campus Center Director Ellen Kusano was the only UH Official in the 10/30/15 meeting. She was also present when Dean Oaks informed UHHSA that nothing could be done to prevent recording of public meetings. Kusano is one of the defendants named on a lawsuit the University of Hawaii recently settled regarding free speech on campus. As a result of this lawsuit naming Kusano the university was forced to pay $50K see settlement here and was required to update its policy on free expression. See UH Hilo Free Expression Policy here

UHHSA has an annual budget of  approximately $170K and represents 4,000 UH Hilo students.  The UHHSA Constitution states, “All meetings shall be open and publicized.” See constitution here

UHSUnews reporters now say there have been student conduct code complaints filed against them.

Students have complained that UHHSA has been excessively influenced by UH Hilo Campus Center employees. UH Hilo student and Student Union President Ryu Kakazu said, “What you have are university administrators in positions of authority using their influence to promote their interests over the interests of students. It has gone on for far too long.”

A complaint has been filed with UH Hilo Security. UHSUnews student reporters say they will continue to attend UHHSA meetings and exercise their right to record as afforded by UH policy and laws. The next UHHSA meeting will be on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 8pm in CC306 at UH Hilo. see press release file here

Contact: Student Union Member Shawna Wolff swolff@hawaii.edu or call 494-8784

Concert of Peace Next Tuesday at UH Hilo

At 7:30 PM on Tuesday evening, October 27, 2015, the Hilo Community Chorus joins with composer Joseph Martin and his “Peace in the Pacific” Vocal Tapestry Tour Choir, and the UH Hilo Kapili Choir to present “Concert of Peace” at the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center, 200 W. Kawili St., Hilo, HI 96720.

Concert of Peace

The first half of the concert will be presented by Joseph Martin and his wife Susan Martin, with special guest Nancy Price.  The second half of the concert will be performed by the Vocal Tapestry Tour Choir, Hilo Community Chorus, and UH Hilo Kapili Choir.


UKIRT Observatory on Mauna Kea to be Decommissioned

The University of Hawaiʻi has identified the third observatory to be decommissioned and removed from the summit of Maunakea, advancing the implementation of the Mauna Kea Comprehensive Management Plan. The third observatory is the UKIRT Observatory, formerly known as the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope.


The decommissioning of three observatories is part of Governor David Ige’s plan announced in May to enhance the stewardship of Maunakea. Since then, the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory has ceased operations and begun the decommissioning planning process, and UH Hilo has initiated the decommissioning process for its Hoku Kea telescope. Detailed planning for the removal of the UKIRT observatory and restoration of the site will begin some time after the decommissioning processes for the Caltech and Hoku Kea observatories and will be completed in accordance with the governor’s plan. No new observatories will be built on the three sites.

The general decommissioning process for observatories is outlined in the Office of Mauna Kea Management’s Comprehensive Management Plan to ensure that the decommissioning is handled properly and in a culturally and environmentally respectful manner. The process starts with the development of a site decommissioning plan that must include an environmental due diligence review, deconstruction and removal plan, site restoration plan and remedial action plan if necessary.

The UKIRT Observatory began operations in 1979 and was built and operated by science agencies of the United Kingdom. Ownership recently was transferred to UH, and the observatory is currently operated as a research partnership with UH, the University of Arizona and the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Advanced Technology Center. It remains highly productive, with current work areas including orbital debris studies, observation and cataloging of Near-Earth objects and world-leading astronomical survey projects. UH is confident that UKIRT’s scientific program will continue to be at the highest level during the remaining life of the observatory.

Commentary – UH Hilo’s Secret Student Government

University of Hawaii Hilo Student Association (UHHSA) seems to be getting more and more secretive these days.

Last night, for the first time, they posted these signs in front of the meeting:

UHHSA2Only students and faculty with a UH ID were permitted to enter. A student was denied access because he didn’t have his ID. What is going on over there?


From the UHHSA Constitution:

The UH Hilo Student Association Senate has a responsibility and obligation to provide open government. All meetings shall be open and publicized. Communication shall be accomplished by the publication of the UHHSA Constitution and By-Laws, budget, meeting agendas, meeting minutes, and schedule of UHHSA and committee meetings in a timely manner for the purpose of informing and encouraging student participation in student government.

UHHSA Constitution lead
Why are they not following their own constitution? What’s the big secret?


University of Hawaii Student Union

Island Air Launches College Student Standby Program – University of Hawaii Students Will Benefit From $35 Fares

College life in Hawaiʻi just got a lot more affordable with the launch of Island Air’s new College Student Standby Program.  With this new pilot program the airline is offering students enrolled at University of Hawaiʻi campuses on Oʻahu and Maui the opportunity to stand by for any flight on any day for the wallet-friendly price of just $35* each way.

Island Air

The College Student Standby Program is available to all students currently enrolled at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, University of Hawaiʻi West Oʻahu and six community institutions (Honolulu Community College, Kapiʻolani Community College, Leeward Community College, Maui College, Lānaʻi Education Center, and Windward Community College) who are traveling between the islands of Oʻahu, Maui and Lānaʻi.

To qualify for the College Student Standby rate, students must present a valid University of Hawaiʻi student ID and their state or federal ID card or passport to a customer service agent at the Island Air ticket counter. There is no maximum number of times a student may participate in the offer.

As the state’s affordable alternative airline, Island Air is constantly building new programs that enhance its value and services.  “We support our student communities and know how important it is to have a reliable, affordable connection to family and friends, especially for holidays,” said Dave Pflieger, CEO of Island Air.  “We are testing this program with the University of Hawaiʻi schools on Oʻahu and Maui for a limited time. The fare is an additional way that Island Air demonstrates its commitment to providing an economical, quality travel experience.”

*$35 is a standby rate, subject to seat availability and can be changed without notice.  Fare includes one (1) federal transportation segment tax and one (1) security fee.  Other taxes, fees, and restrictions may apply.

For more information about Island Air’s College Student Standby rate, visit http://www.islandair.com or call (808) 840-2323.  Let us know how we are doing on Yelp or TripAdvisor or just stay connected by liking Island Air on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/islandairhawaii, or follow @IslandAirHawaii on Twitter and @IslandAir_Hawaii on Instagram.

UH Hilo Student Association (UHHSA) Senator Removed From Office – Complaints Filed

UH Hilo Student Association (UHHSA) Senator Amber Shouse was officially removed from her seat as senator last Monday, October 5, 2015.

Amber Shouse defends herself in front of the Student Government.

Amber Shouse defends herself in front of the Student Government.

Shouse was removed for allegedly violating UHHSA’s constitution by communicating with administrators without the student body president’s permission.

The first thirty minutes of the meeting were public and can be seen here.

The recording shows the senate majority voting to close the meeting despite Shouse’s requests to keep it open. UHHSA members also insisted no recording devices be present. Shouse said that she wanted to record the meeting for her own personal records, and UHHSA members insisted she could not.

The basis for removal was an email that Shouse had sent Chancellor Donald Straney and Dean of Students Kelly Oaks describing how she had been harassed by certain UHHSA members and university officials. It was because of this email that Shouse was accused of violating Section C. of the constitution for “representing UHHSA in an official dealing with the University Administration without the president’s appointment.”

“Amber was one of the 3 out of the current 12 senators who was ran opposed in the 2015 election and was legitimately elected by the student’s majority vote. She was popular for bringing a non-status quo perspective to the table,” said UH Hilo student and former UHHSA senator Jennifer Ruggles. “In fact, the current UHHSA president, Laz Sye lost to her in the election,” she said.

Sye was later appointed to President by other senators who also ran unopposed.

Campus Center Director and State of Hawaii employee Ellen Kusano was alleged to have sent out an email to the UHHSA senate defaming Shouse. Shouse says may have lead to her harassment and removal.

“It seems unethical that a student senator can be harassed and then removed for reporting the harassment,” said Shouse. “My removal was unwarranted. I am disappointed by the actions of the UHHSA senators but I am appalled by the actions of Campus Center Director Ellen Kusano who’s defamatory email I believe led to my unjustified removal and harassment,” she said.

Shouse reported that the vote was 8 in favor of her removal, 2 opposed, with one abstention, (Shouse was required to abstain). UHHSA Treasurer Melinda Alles called for a secret ballot vote on the removal, and the majority supported the idea. Senators Briki Cajandig and Ryan Stack publicly opposed the removal. UH Hilo Student Association members Lazareth Sye, Alison Pham, Jessica Penaranda, Melinda Alles, Abraham Jose, Kawehi Kanoho-Kalahiki, Daniel Woods, David Khan, and Nick Nguyen supported Shouse’s removal.

Current UHHSA Senator Briki Cajandig said, “Amber is an amazing colleague of mine. She’s always worked hard to represent our students here at UHH. Her intentions have always been pure; she took her position seriously and serving students to the best of her ability was a main priority. It is very disappointing that such a passionate and caring leader has been removed from the Senate.”

Shouse is filing complaints with the university.

Epic Origami Exhibit at Imiloa Astronomy Center

From miniature folds to life-size sculptures, the Japanese art of origami can come in a variety of unique shapes, sizes and materials.

“Great White Shark” by origami artist Nguyen Hung Cuong

“Great White Shark” by origami artist Nguyen Hung Cuong

The ʻImiloa Astronomy Center of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo presents Epic Origami, a new temporary exhibit that will explore the art and science of origami and how the ancient craft is making advances in astronomy, medicine and the automotive industry. The exhibit, which runs from July 5 through September 27, will feature origami artists from around the world.

Featured artists:

Bonnie Cherni is an avid student of origami artist John Montroll’s designs and was inspired to fold origami from age of fifteen. She is the leading artist for this exhibit and has collaborated with guest artists from around the world, creating everything from miniature to life-sized sculptures, in mediums ranging from paper, aluminum, copper and canvas. Her art embodies the idea of “folding sturdy sculptures that can live out in the real world.”

Vietnamese artist Nguyen Hung Cuong lives in Hanoi and folds many of his expressive designs using a Vietnamese paper with a waxy finish called do. He has been folding since the young age of five and has been featured in many origami books with his incredibly detailed pieces.

Terry Nicolas is a professional origami artist who resides in Paris, France. He is an accomplished author and creator of origami-shop.us, one of the most popular origami sites in the world.

Steven Epstein resides on Hawaiʻi Island. With a degree in computer science and minor in math, Epstein has fun bringing math to life with his intricate modular origami pieces.

Local artist Shannon Nakaya is a highly recognized bird surgeon and veterinarian who applies her understanding of anatomical structure and function to folding complex origami.

Between the Folds

In conjunction with this exhibit, the award-winning film Between the Folds will be shown daily in the planetarium at 11 a.m. (not full dome, but letterbox format).

This documentary paints a striking portrait of the remarkable artistic and scientific creativity that fuels the ever-changing art of origami, fusing science and sculpture, form and function and ancient and new.

Epic Origami

Exhibit details

The exhibit will officially open on Sunday, July 5 at 9 a.m. with two showings of Between the Folds at 10 a.m and 11 a.m. and origami folding stations available throughout the day. From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ʻImiloa members are invited to a private pizza lunch and exclusive origami folding activities with Cherni.

Regular exhibit guests are also encouraged to participate in the origami scavenger hunt and try their hand at creating their own origami at the origami folding station.

Admission to Epic Origami and Between the Folds is included in the general admission fee of $17.50 for adults and $9.50 for children. Kamaʻaina prices are available and ʻImiloa members receive free admission.

Cherni will be back at ʻImiloa to teach special workshops on July 11 and September 19, 10-11:30 a.m. Admission is $25.00 for members and $35.00 for non-members. Space is very limited so early registration is suggested. An adult must accompany children under 10. To sign-up, visit ʻImiloa’s front desk or call (808) 969-9703.

Yagi Summer Hoops Camp Still Has Openings – Late Registration Fee Waived

The County of Hawai‘i Department of Parks and Recreation still has openings for its 3rd Annual Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp and has waived the late registration fee for the camp set for July 21-24 in Hilo.

Can you find my son in a previous camp picture?

Can you find my son in a previous camp picture?

Parents may still take advantage of the discounted early entry fee of $60 per child. All participants will receive a camp shirt and group picture.

Registration forms are available at the Department’s Recreation Office located within Aunty Sally Kaleohano’s Lu‘au Hale at 799 Pi‘ilani Street in Hilo and online at http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/parks-and-recreation/. Completed forms should be submitted at the Recreation Office or the Department’s main office at Suite 6 within Aupuni Center. Please make checks payable to the County Director of Finance and include the note “Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp.”

Open to boys and girls 9 to 17 years old, the Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp is named in honor of the legendary former University of Hawai‘i at Hilo basketball coach who helped guide the Vulcans-Hawai‘i Basketball School for 37 years. It will be held at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium and the Pana‘ewa Covered Play Courts.

UH-Hilo women’s basketball coach David Kaneshiro will share his basketball expertise by serving as lead clinician for the four-day camp. Assisting Kaneshiro will be Daphne Honma, Honoka‘a High School girls basketball coach and a former Division II coach of the year. Additional basketball coaches have volunteered to serve as camp clinicians.

Campers will receive personalized instruction as they practice agility, ball-handling and other basketball drills each morning before breaking for lunch. Players will return to showcase their skills by competing in games expected to last until about 3:30 p.m. each day.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 961-8311 or jarmstrong@hawaiicounty.gov.

Bikes Stolen From UH Hilo Dormitory

Three bikes were reported stolen over two days at the University of Hawaii Hilo student dorm Hale Ikena.

Bike TheftsTo report a crime anonymously at University of Hawaii Hilo click here.

UH Hilo Wins National Health Occupations Students of America Competition

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo turned in a championship performance at the 2015 HOSA National Leadership Conference held recently in Anaheim, California.

UH Hilo MonikerUH Hilo sent two Public Service Announcement (PSA) teams to the conference who were tasked with developing a 30-second PSA on Concussion: Prevention and Recognition followed by a four-minute oral presentation that provides a synopsis of the PSA, explains the creative process of the project, and how it may affect the target audience.

Team B: Chapter President Lark Jason Canico, Shane Naeole, and Taumata Tue Vaea (serving as an alternate from UH Manoa) took 1st place. Team A: Ridge Cabaccang, Kelly Gani, and Sheldon Cabudol earned Top 10 honors.

“I’m overwhelmed with joy and still in denial that we captured Gold facing such tough competition that included fellow UH Hilo members and other Texas Technical Institutes,” Canico said. “To finish first after coming in second last year makes it extra special.”

This year’s conference was the largest ever with over 8,550 members in attendance. Hawai’i brought a total of 223 members, ranked second in the nation for most medals won in every competitive event, and won the Most Enthusiastic state award.

“A trip to Anaheim usually includes a visit to Disneyland,” said faculty advisor Dr. Cecilia Mukai. “But I was more than happy to trade that visit for the chance to see both our teams finish in the Top Ten, with one capturing Gold.”

Established in 1976 as Health Occupations Students of America, HOSA-Future Health Professionals is now an international organization with the addition of Puerto Rico, Italy, Canada and Mexico, who competed at this year’s leadership conference. The organization totals more than 175,000 members and 2.4 million alumni.

HOSA was established in Hawai’i in 2005 and has grown to more than 1,300 members. UH Hilo’s membership is open to all majors/grade levels and Hawai’i Community College students.

For more information, email hosa.uhhilo@gmail.com.

UH Hilo College of Business and Economics Announces Dean’s List

The following students in the College of Business and Economics at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo were named to the Dean’s List for spring 2015:
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Melialani Agcaoili, Caitlin Aiona, Rachel Anderson, Scott Ashida, Stacy Aurway, Austin Awana, Heather Bartlett, Andrew Bayang, Julianna Blair, Debra Cannoles, Lorri Cardoza, Shanda Carvalho, Kadey Chambless, Elaine Chugen, Monique Clevenger, Lorena De La Cruz, Jhoanne Domingo, Taylor Escalona, Gabriel Fry,

Hannah Furumo, Amelia Golwitzer, Dakotah Graham, Sarah Hamakawa, Jiyoung Han, Yan Ying Huang, Alexandra Huizar, Aisha Izuno, Donald Jobe, Aysia Kaaumoana, Juvette Kahawaii, Reese Kato, Cherilyn Kelii, Junhyeok Kim, Kyli Kim, Hitomi Kitade, Breanna Leonard, Anna Liu, Erik Anton Lund, Alex Lyon, Dana Macchia,

Victoria Magana Ledesma, Midori Matsuo, Xianbin Meng, Levi Moniz, Dairon Munoz, Marvin Louis Nagtalon, Alexandria Nakao-Eligado, Lolyn Neth, Claire-Ann Niibu-Akau, Bianca Novotna, Brandon Okimoto, Kin Oshiro, Geraldine Padilla, Tehani-Jenae Palolo, Maria Rosa Paredes Pacheco, Matthew Payne, Serena Perrells,

Koa Peterson, Chantee Poepoe-Vigil, Rachel Roorda, Ken Stallman, Phillip Steering, Hyelim Sun, Keefe Techitong, Ryan Torio, Hokuloa Waahila, Selina Williams, and Aaron Zackoski.

UH Hilo Announces College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s List Recipients

The following students in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo were named to the Dean’s List for spring 2015:
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Charlemagne Adams, Sebastian Afaga Jr., Clifford Agcaoili, Sherry Agonoy, Breanna Aguiar, Ka‘alalani Ahu, Karen Akiba, Jessica Akiona, Roy Alameida, Daryl Albano, Melanie Alcain, Alia Alvarez, Erica Amundson, Abraham Andl, Brandi Antonio, David Arakawa, Justin Araki-Kwee, Jerome Arellano, Lynn Asam, Leslie Asato,

Scott Ashida, Eliza Aul, Kaitlin Barcoma, Christine Barefoot, Sydney Barney, Reagan Barnhart, Ruth Bascar-Sellars, Cynthia Benevides, Sarah Benner, Lars Bergstrom, Jahnu Best, Julianna Blair, Henry Blake, Kalaiakea Blakemore, Francis Blas III, Casey Bolger, Thomas Bolton III, Lori Bothwell, Brittany Boyd, Ashley Boyle, Courtney Ann Brock, Chanelle Brooks, BreAnna Brown, Kavan Brown, Leena Brown,

Rachel Bruck, Carol Bucauto, Kailah Buchanan, Mallory Byron, Sydney Cabanas, Jerold Alexis Cabel, Nicole Calsbeek, Joseph Camara, Vada Cambio, Richard Camp, Jennifer Campbell Jackson, Kirsten Cannoles, Cristin Cantan, Michelle Caringer, Imelda Auxiliadora Da Conceicao Carlos, Sean Carlos, Tiari Carreira, Julie Carter, Micah Carter, Kanoeuluwehianu Case, Lily Cash, Christina Cauley, Allison Chai, Lisa Chanley, Mary Margaret Rose Cheung-fuk,

Cynthia Chin, Theodore Chism, Yoonjin Cho, Yoo Ree Choi, Adam Chong, Christina Chow, Dawn Christopher, Haylee Chung, Victor Ciaramitaro, Leilani Clark, Kobie Clarke, Rachel Clay, Heather Coad, Zoe Coffman, Jessica Colbaugh, Jordan Concannon, Eric Cook, Shawna Cooper, Renee Corpuz, Sharlene Corpuz, Cletus Correia,

Alysha Cosier, Tanya Craig, Tifaine Crivello, Trixie Alice Croad, Angel Cruz, Jolynn Cuison, Brittany D’Amico, Nicholas D’Amico, Pearl Dasalla, Anthony Daub, Angelo Davis, Axel Defngin, Le’Shell Dela Cruz, Randy Dellinger, Shaylin Domingcil, Lorelei Marie Domingo, Princess Dianne Domingo, Ryan Domingo, Jamison Domingsil, Bailey Donahue, Jason Donaldson, Pedro Dos Santos, Jane Dossett,

Sadie Dossett, Cortney Dougherty, Katrina Downey, Laura Dowsett, James Drescher, Jayahmie Drio, Alejandra Duarte, Brandi Dugo, Nalu East, Caili Ebaniz, Jacqueline Economy, Jamie Economy, Cara Edwards, Michael Elimon, Mary Emmons, Tiffany Epping, Tiffany Erickson, Chelsey Erickson-Vierra, Karlee Eugenio, John Evans, Sarah Evans, Christina Evert, Emily Fernandes, Sharrylei Fernandez,

Doug Fitzpatrick, Ariana Flores, Sandra Fogg, Amber Fontes, Amanda Ford, Amber Forrestal, Michael Frailey, Deborah Fried, Morgan Friend, Silmai Uchellaz Fritz, Brittany Fuemmeler, Kaitlyn Fujii, Shaylyn Fujii, Kendra Fujioka, Ashley Fukuchi, Nicole Fukunaga, Ryder Furukado, Angelina Gallegos, Kelly Gani, Dayna Lynn Ganigan, Jeremy Ganir, Desha Ann Gapusan, Nicole Garcia,

Tiffany Garcia, Jessica-Ann Garett, Wilfred Gee, Zachary Geisterfer, Carola Geitner, David Gentry, Emma-Lei Gerrish, Hattie Gerrish, Tuan Giai Giang, Hanna Giegerich, Carson Gilliam, Kassidy Gonsalves, Acacia Goo, Samantha Gordon, Rachel Gorenflo, Beverly Ann Gorospe, Kylie Grogg, Chrisovolandou Gronowski, Riana Grothmann, Heidi Guan, Alexander Guerrero, Courtney Guirao,

Ashen Gutierrez, Daniel Gutierrez, Justin Guzman, Sarah Haas, Brittany Hale, Ivana Hall, Brenna Halverson, Brandon Hamamoto, Caitlin Hamerlinck, Jamaica Hancock, Michelle Hanson, Trent Hanzawa, Asia Lynne Harman, Arielle Harnik, Molly Harris, Shane Harrison, Rose Hart, Bridge Hartman, Krysten Hayashida, Jelyn Heaster, Sarah Heckman, Alexander Hedglen, Jordan Heltz, Zachary Heltz, John Herman, Maria Hernandez, Andrea Hess, Amanda Hicks,

Brad Higa, Shannon Higgins, Tyler Hirokawa, Marianne Hodapp, Martin Hodapp, Tobi Hoff, Eric Holub, Blake Honda, Tiana Honda, Ashley Horvath, Alyssa Hoshide, Bryan Houston, Asia Howe, Samantha Howell, Katherine Hu, Kaleb Huddy, Adrian Huff, Thomas Hughes, Quang Tan Huynh, Laura Ibbotson, Kai Igarashi,

Andi Igawa, Kadi Igawa, Ted Ikari, BeeJay Ines, Kana Inoue, Kevyn-Bren Inouye, Carrie Ip, Joanne Isabella, Grayson Ishihara, Kallen Ishii, Akari Ito, Renee Iwata, Aimehio Iyeke, Jessica Jacobs, Denise Janelle, Rebecca Jardin, Joshua Jasper, Leeah Bethseida Javier, Kaitlyn Johnson, ShoaAxum Johnson, Casey Jones, Danielle Jones, Kyle Jones, Mark Jones, Mikayla Jones, Serena Joseph,

Jamie Josephson, Ku‘ulei Kaaekuahiwi, Keaolani Kaaialii, Jarin Kadooka, ‘I‘inimaikalani Kahakalau, Shaylyn Kahawai, Kelii Kailipaka, Kaimipono Kajiyama, Kayla-Ann Kalauli, Ellie-Jean Kalawe, Bree Kalima, Steven Kalua, Thomas Kaminski, Eunyoung Kang, Ida Karlsen, Byron Karr, Sandra Kastner-Oi, Lilinoe Kauahikaua, Chermaine Kaululaau-Pakele, Angela Kauwe,

Hokuto Kawashima, Tori Kaya, Jill Keely, Kehau Kekuawela, Mahealani Kelii, Bianca Keohokapu, Lauren Kepaa, Ada Kettner, Duk Kim, Satsuki Tamaki Kim, Sun Min Kim, Yu Hyeoi Kim, Mary Louise Kimura, Marci Kindle, Rachel Kishimoto, Scott Kita, Joshua Kitagawa, Gail Klevens, Christopher Kluzak, Lori Knight, William Kobus, Evelina Kocharov, Kamrie Koi, Keiji Kojima, Amber Koker,

Felicia Kolb, Hyesun Kong, Danielle Kooyman, Christopher Kopp, Kaili Kosaka, Kathleen Kosaka, Dragoljub Krakovic, Kristofer Krekow, Nolan Kua, Johann Kuipers, Luke Kupcha, Yoshiko Kurikawa, John Kuroda, Bonnie Shuk Ping Kwok, Desmond Ka Kin Lai, Keohikai Laikupu, Violet Lane, Caterina LaRocca, Anjulie Larson,

Glaucia Larson, Samantha Lathrop, Angela Laureta, Valerie Lazickas, Aviee-Ann Lee, Da Hai Lee, Robert Lee Jr., Jon-Pierre Leone, Dolorlyn Letawegiyalo, QiXin Li, Cynthia Lilleston, Lee Linneman, Hannah Lipman, Eileen Liu, Kieran-Tiaye Long, Kawehi Lopez, Joyce Lovell, Kristi Lovell, Michael Lovell, Noelle Lovesy, Alyssa Loving,

Mandy Lui, Chari-Ann Luis-Calvo, Blaine Luiz, Brittany Luna, Alayna Machacek, William Mackenzie, Kate Malasig, Ashley Maldonado, Wilson Malone, Natasha Manasas, Alison Mansfield, Alexandra Marin, Genesis Marks, Sequoia Marks, Jonathan Marsh, Amanda Martin, Dario Martin, Keelee Martin, Samantha Martin, Kelly Martin-Young, Chantelle Mashreghy, Anna Claire Masuda, Amber Masulit,

Martin David Hamre Mathisen, Moriah Mathson, Rosella Mathson, Kelley Matsumoto, Kanna McCann, James McElvaney, Annie McGee, Meghan McGrath, Brannon McQuillan, Kanoe McTavish, Sonya Medlang, Justin Meikle, Matthew Merritt, Anna Meyer, McKayla Meyer, Zoey Meyers, William Midgley, Adele LaVette Mier, Anna Baker Mikkelson, Bryce Miles-Leighton, Anna Miller, Hi‘inae Miller,

Maikai Miller, Orissa Lila Alexandrina Miller, Mikhaila Millikan, Adam Mills, Amberlyn Milum, Zayin Minia, Amanda Minney, Bryson Miyose, Melissa Mizuguchi, Melissa Moats, Norman Mogote, Sharyse Molina, Ariel Moniz, Andrea Monks, Christopher Monnier, Austin Moore Sr., Leah Moore, Ariyana Moran, Konrad Mossman, Darcy Mulligan, Gulnara Nadeau, Shane-Earl Naeole, Saki Nagamine,

Kenneth Nagata, Jenny Nagatori, Camie Nakagawa, Lorelei Nakagawa, Richard Nakamura, Tiffany Nakamura, Alexandria Nakao-Eligado, Alison Nakata, Sheena Nakata, Robynn Ailynn Namnama, Kirstie Naone, Allyssa Nau, Brandon Neal, Christopher Nelson, Kara Nelson, Keith Nerida, Christina Nguyen, Sarah Nichols,

Jaysen Niedermeyer, Scott Nielsen, Anela Nishimoto, Karen Nishimoto, Lindsey Nishimura, Keenan Nishioka, Allen Gail Yvette Nitura, Mary Nixon, Sachika Nojiri, Christina Numazu, Ellaine Mae Obero, Eloisa Obero, Derrick Bukka O’Brien, Candyce Ogino, Zechary Okamoto, Morgan Olson, Nicole Ortiz, David Ostwald, Sarah Ann Ota, Jamie Ouye, Wesley Owens, Priscilla Sharleen Anyango Oyas,

Cheynielle Pacheco, John Darrel Padapat, Sierra Pagel, Basanta Raj Pahari, Keirsa Pakani-Tsukiyama, Fagalima Paleafei, Bronson Palupe, Isaac Pang, Jannah Pante, Pauleen Pante, Joshua Parep, Kirsty Parker, Madison Pate, Kara Paulachak, Casey Pearring, Kristin Pedersen, Jordan Pedersen-Fukunaga, Elizabeth Pennock, Graham Pernell, Sharon Petrosky, Kori Petsch, Nancy Phan, Chad Phillips,

Douglas Phillips, Amber Pinard, Terri Pinyerd, Hye-Jin Piper, Robert Piper, Kyle Pittman, Wakea Po, Deborah Postma, Arwen Potochney, Debra Potter, Froile Queja, Gretchen Quinn, Johanson Quist, Laurel Rain, Akemi Rair, Randel Rambo, Jovelyn Ramelb, David John Ramones, Micah Rhobelyn Ramos, Katrina Ramsey, Crystal Rances,

Skye Rances, Duchess Rapoza, Robyn Rector, Stacey Reed, Keana Rees, Marjie Ann Retundo, Dineka Ringling, Kanani Rivera, Theresa-Regina Rivera, Ciara Robinson, Adan Rodrigues, Koa Rodrigues, Cole Rogers, Hannah Rojeski, Kainoa Rosa, Makoa Rosa, Robin Rudolph, Ardena Saarinen, Melanie Sacro, Christa Sadler, Julie Anne Sagabaen, Michelle Sahagun, Karl Sakai Jr., Alisha Sako, Maria Samuelson, Arianne San Miguel, Gabriella Sanchez, Ronald Santos,

Teresinha Santos Da Costa, Christian Saragosa, Ngan Sasai, Chelsea Sato, Teri Savaiinaea, Tomoka Sawada, Tomoki Sawada, Janell Schabell, Annie Schaupp, Anthony Schnabel, Emily Schneider, Jordan Scrivner, Romina Ellaine Sembran, Artem Sergeyev, Marleena Sheffield, Alice Louise Sherlock, Justin Shiigi, Sydney Shiigi, Albert Shim, Jaci Shinoda, Keani Shirai, Desiree Shortt, Amber Shouse,

Bennjamin Siemers, Sarah Silva, Tammy Silva, Gloria Simpson, Seupepe Latoa Siaitolo Sinclair, J’aime Sisson, Maysyvelle Sistoza, Cheyenne Sitts, Hazel Faye Sivila, Trent Slaton, Trevor Slevin, Kelli Smith, Samuel Smith, Barbara Smithley, Kiana Soloria, Hyunsuk Song, Carrie Soo Hoo, Ethan Souza, Ryder Souza, Susanne Floe Spinnangr, Kalena Spinola, Ashlin Stahlberg, Ken Stallman, Kristen Stalter, Stephanie Staneart, William Steadman, Angelica Steele,

Dallyce Stinton, Taylor Stokesbary, Caroline Stromick, Grady Sullivan, Paige Sumida, Tyler Sumner, Tanyalee Switzer, Frans Sy, Dillon Tacdol, Dustin Tacdol, Helaman Tafua, Hazel Tagalicud, Tara Takamori, Nicole Talisay, Dylan Tanaka, Shelby Tanaka, Athena Tang, Sophia Tang, Morgan Tate, Reuben Tate, Alana Tavares, Kaitlin Tavares, Temau Teikitekahioho-Wolff, Ashley Terrell, Gin Tezuka,

Ginger Thomas, Nicolette Thomas, Melanie Thomason, Aijah Thompson, Zachary Tman, Olivia Todd, Kaycie Tomei, Taylor Tomita, Charlie Tommy, Ashley Chanel Tomori, Jianxing Tong, Ryotaro Toshima, Kyle Tsubota, Michelle Uchida, Christine Joy Ucol, Brenna Usher, Rachel Van Spronsen, Fey VanCamp, Jasmine Venegas, Robert Villanueva, Joseph Vinarcsik, Fred Visaya Jr., Nelson Vo,

Thomas Vogeler, Michael Voight II, Shayla Waiki, Tianna Waipa, Elizabeth Elaine Wakayama, George Wall III, Emily Wallingford, Laurence Walsh, Lucille Walsh, Kenton Wandasan, Amber Warganich, Vernon Warnock, Sondra Warren, Valerie Kelly Wasser, John Whitworth, Ty Widhalm, Jennifer Williams, Daisy Willis,

Disa Wilson, Henry Wilson Jr., Katherine Wilson, Leah Wilson, Christina Wine, Michelle Winkler, David Wong, Sherina Yacavone, Lisamarie Yagruw, Jessica Yamaguchi, Kazuma Yamaguchi, Moe Yamaguchi, Randall Yamaoka, Jennifer Yamasaki, Nicholas Yamauchi, Eddie Yeichy, Darcy Yogi, Nicole Yoneishi,

Cheyne Yonemori, Soeun Yoon, Marissa Yoshida, Tristan Yoshida, Deanna Young, Tyler Young, Bithiah Yuan, Luana Zablan, Turfa Zaman, Annalisa Zamora, Marikka Zavas, Xiaoqing Zheng, Jessica Zima-Lee, Yeva Zobova, Abcde Zoller, and Anastasia Zosim.

UH Hilo College of Hawaiian Language Announces Dean’s List

Ke kukala aku nei ko ke Kulanui o Hawaiʻi ma Hilo, Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikolani, i na inoa o na haumana kaha ʻoi no ke kau kupulau 2015.  (The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Ka Haka `Ula O Ke`elikolani College of Hawaiian Language announces its Dean’s List for the spring 2015 semester:)

Joshua Bass, Courtney Ann Brock, Eleanor Brown, Leilani Clark, William Crowell, Anayah Doi, Dillon Dominguez, Brandi Dugo, Mahealani Freitas, Philip Gamiao, Alexander Guerrero, Aulani Herrod, Pomaika`i Iaea, Kamaleiku`uipookalani Kalehuawehe-Valentine, Jovi Kaneshiro, Lucas Kinge, Maile Kipapa, Gail Klevens, Hyesun Kong, Sheena Lopes, Khaelee Mae, Alohilani Maiava, Hokulani Mckeague, Melissa Mora, Daisuke Nakano, Zachary Nanbu, Kekaiokalani Naone, Daniel Nathaniel, Isaac Pang, Samantha Reis, Koa Rodrigues, Ronald Santos, Marleena Sheffield, Eliza Silva, Gin Tezuka, Yuka Torama, Brenna Usher, Randall Yamaoka, Kiliona Young, and Abcde Zoller.

UH Hilo Awards Chancellor’s Scholarships to 13 High School Students

Thirteen students from public and private high schools in Hawaiʻi have been awarded the prestigious Chancellor’s Scholarship by the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

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The award, valued in excess of $26,500, covers four years of tuition for students graduating from a Hawaiʻi high school who earned either a GPA of at least 3.5, a combined 1800 SAT (reading, writing, math) or a composite score of 27 on the ACT while demonstrating leadership and/or community service.

All Chancellor Scholars are required to enroll as full-time students and earn a minimum of 24 credits each academic year. They must also maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and participate in leadership activities and/or community services with other Chancellor Scholars.

The 2015 Chancellor Scholarship recipients and their respective high schools include:

  • Nicole Antonio (Waiakea High)
  • Harley Broyles (Waimea High)
  • Pomaika`i Cathcart (Kamehameha – Maui)
  • Jasmine Curiel (Hanalani Schools)
  • Jon Ehrenberg (West Hawaii Explorations Academy)
  • Sarah Ferguson (Leilehua High)
  • Trent Furuta (Mililani High)
  • Courtney Ip (Waiakea High)
  • Cody Kojima (Waiakea High)
  • Kaydee Rapozo (Waiakea High)
  • Melia Takakusagi (Waimea High)
  • Brandon Tomota (Waiakea High)
  • Amirah Waite (Roosevelt High)

University of Hawaii Board of Regents to Hear More TMT Testimony

The University of Hawaii Board of Regents have scheduled another Special Board Meeting on the TMT issues.
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Many folks who wanted to testify at the last meeting on Thursday April 16th, weren’t able to because of the regents flight plans.
TMT HearingThis next meeting will be held on Sunday April 26th, 2015 at the University of Hawaii Hilo Performing Arts Center (PAC) beginning at 11:30 A.M..

Please see the above notice of the hearing for more specifications on how and where to submit testimony in advance or in person.

OHA Provides Funding to Support Na Pua No`eau

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is providing a total of $896,232 to the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Na Pua No`eau program, the Center for Gifted and Talented Native Hawaiian Children.

Na Pua No`eau

Na Pua No`eau provides Native Hawaiian students Kindergarten through college with learning opportunities as a University of Hawaiʻi Center. Students have direct access to UH facilities and faculty where they are guided and supported in their educational and career goals. Na Pua No`eau has staff and offices at the University’s campuses on O`ahu, Kaua`i, Maui, Lana`i, Moloka`i, and Hawaiʻi Island.

In 2015, Na Pua No‘eau celebrates its 25th anniversary. Throughout the years, the Center has supported thousands of students in their educational and career goals. In Fall 2013, graduates made up 9% of the Native Hawaiian students enrolled at UH. In Spring 2013, Na Pua No`eau made up 13% of the Native Hawaiian students who graduated from UH.

Along with the enrollment and graduation of Native Hawaiian students, Na Pua No`eau is also committed to creating opportunities and supporting Native Hawaiian students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and health career pathways. In Fall 2013, Na Pua No`eau students made up 11% of the Native Hawaiian students enrolled in STEM fields and 9% of the Native Hawaiian students enrolled in health fields in the UH System.

For information or registration for Na Pua No‘eau, contact representatives on the respective campuses: UH Hilo: (808) 974-7678; UH Manoa: (808) 956-9410; Kaua`i Community College: (808) 241-8387; UH Maui College: (808) 984-3364; Moloka`i Education Center: (808) 553-9993; Lana`i High and Elementary School: (808) 565-9100; University Center West Hawaiʻi: (808) 322-4867.